South African court rejects Pistorius right to appeal murder conviction

March 3, 2016 4:36 PM

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South African court rejects Pistorius right to appeal murder conviction

JOHANNESBURG South Africa's Constitutional Court on Thursday rejected Olympian Oscar Pisitorius' right to appeal against his conviction for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The Supreme Court of Appeal upgraded the 29-year-old's conviction to murder in December after the state prosecutors appealed the athlete's prior conviction of culpable homicide in the Pretoria High Court.

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